FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 19, 2016
Media Contact: Jared Slinde, 701.476.9107
Alex Stern Family Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to the Great Plains Food Bank
FARGO, N.D. – The Alex Stern Family Foundation has awarded the Great Plains Food Bank a $10,000 grant in an effort to bolster the organization’s food recovery and distribution efforts and Backpack Program, which directly addresses childhood hunger.
A longtime supporter, the Alex Stern Family Foundation has now donated $215,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank since 1999 to benefit a variety of programs and initiatives.
“The Alex Stern Family Foundation continues to be a key partner in our work and we are thankful once again for their generous support,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “This gift will make a significant impact in supporting efforts of the Great Plains Food Bank to feed children that might otherwise go without eating.”
In 2015 alone, 93,000 individuals sought food assistance from the Great Plains Food Bank with 36 percent of those being children. The Backpack Program is designed to assist hungry children when there is limited access to food such as on weekends, school vacations or during the summer months. Each backpack is filled with nonperishable and easily consumed food for four meals plus snacks.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 215 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs operating in 99 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Since 1983, the Great Plains Food Bank and its partners have distributed food for more than 133 million meals to children, seniors, and families in need. The Great Plains Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.